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Santa Cruz Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Huaraz, Ancash, Peru

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    $760 USD per trip
  • Duration

    4 or 5 days

  • Avg Distance

    64 km

  • Starting Location


  • Price Includes

    Guide, cook, donkeys and donkey drivers, meals on trek, tents, dining chair & table, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mat, all cooking equipment, private transport, National Park fee

  • Notes

    We recommend you to arrive at least 2 full days (3 nights) to recover from your travel and do day hikes to higher altitude to help with acclimatization


  • Have an amazing variety of scenery!
  • Challenge yourself on this adventure of a lifetime!
  • Spend time with spectacular mountain views as you hike by crystal blue lakes.


Trip Info

Explore the magnificent mountain range on this multi-day trekking tour.

We begin with a drive from Huaraz to Cashapampa 2800 m. We meet our donkey drivers, load all equipment onto the donkeys and start trekking. We hike continuously upwards following the Santa Cruz River. First we are in a narrow canyon and then after lunch, the country opens up into a wider valley and we start to see the snow covered peaks. We camp in an open field near the river at Llamacorral.

The next day will be an easier day hiking in a wide-open valley. We pass by two small lakes and then we have our first glimpse of the famous Alpamayo Peak. We camp at Taullipampa, at 4250 m, a beautiful campsite surrounded by towering peaks and nestled near the bottom of Punta Union Pass. For an extra day of adventure, we can stay another night at the beautiful Taullipampa campsite. We can visit Alpamayo Base Camp, Lake Arhuaycocha and climb Centillo Peak, or have a rest day.

In the morning, we climb steadily up for 2 to 3 hours to the Pass Punta Union at 4750 m. We then descend past a small alpine lake where we often stop for picnic lunch. Continue the descent towards the Huaripampa Valley before leaving the main trail and traversing through low bush to our camp in a secluded valley away from the main trail at Paria at 3850 m.

Our last day will see us follow easily down the valley of Quebrada Huaripampa, passing through farming settlements and villages and then a short climb to the road end at Vaqueria 4 to 5 hours walk. Our private van will take us over the pass of Portuchuelo 4767 m, passing the famous Llangunuco Lakes and then to return to Huaraz.

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